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May 1, 2013 - Issue 2447
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How Can You Tell You’re Eating Real Chicken? And Is It Safe to Eat?
    KFC recently rolled out Original Recipe boneless chicken, and is considering eliminating on-the-bone chicken from its menu altogether. Regardless of brand, processed chicken nuggets or shaped boneless “wings” are far more likely to contain less meat and more additives and fillers
    Scientists have been working on bioengineering "cultured" lab-grown meat for the past decade, and are getting closer to perfecting the process. Normalizing the idea that chicken doesn’t have bones will make it easier to eventually exchange the meat used in processed nuggets and boneless wings for bioengineered meat
    Recently published data reveals super-hardy antibiotic-resistant versions of salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli on virtually all types of store bought meats
    The misuse of antibiotics in livestock has become a direct source of foodborne illness. The best way to avoid contaminated meat is to avoid meat from animals raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFO’s), aka “factory farms,” and buying organic, pastured or grass-fed meats instead. Organic standards do not permit antibiotics to be used
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FDA Wants More Money, Claims They Are a "Bargain"
    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is looking to increase their budget by $821 million next year, which would make their proposed 2014 budget a hefty $4.7 billion
    Out of the extra $821 million the FDA is seeking, 94 percent, or $770 million, would come from user fees paid by the drug industry
    User fees allow the drug industry to have major leverage over the FDA, and that control is continuing to increase year after year
    The FDA has repeatedly allowed potentially dangerous drugs to remain on the market, even after it revealed that their approvals were based on fraudulent data, with no warnings to the public
    The current medical paradigm is designed to profit from your ill health. Taking control of your health can help you avoid the deadly drugs being pushed on you by the drug companies and the FDA
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May 2, 2013 - Issue 2448
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Crying Can Help Relieve Stress, But for Optimal Health You Need Better Stress-Relieving Tools
    Tears that are shed due to an emotional response, such as sadness or extreme happiness, contain a high concentration of a chemical linked to stress. One theory of why you cry when you’re sad is that it helps your body release some of these excess stress chemicals, thereby helping you feel more calm and relaxed
    According to recent research, higher heart rate is tied to earlier death, even in those who exercise regularly
    Compared with those who had a resting heart rate of 50 beats a minute or less, men with resting heart rates of 71 to 80 beats per minute increased their risk of early death by just over 50 percent. Those with heart rates between 81 to 90 beats doubled their risk, and a heart rate over 90 was equated with triple the risk
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Five Worst Foods for Sleep
    Certain foods and beverages can significantly interfere with your sleep; alcohol, spicy foods, fatty foods, coffee and dark chocolate are five such examples
    Research suggests that people with the most food variety in their diets have the most normal and healthful sleep
    It is ideal to avoid eating any food three hours before bed, as this will optimize your blood sugar, insulin and leptin levels and contribute to overall good health and restful sleep
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May 3, 2013 - Issue 2449
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NASA Scientist Reveals How You Can Improve Your Health by Moving Correctly
    Sitting for extended periods of time is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death.
    An analysis of 18 studies found that people who sat for the longest periods of time were twice as likely to have diabetes or heart disease, compared to those who sat the least
    Research by a former NASA scientist shows your body needs perpetual motion to function optimally. The good news is that there are virtually unlimited opportunities for movement throughout the day, from doing housework or gardening, to cooking and even just standing up every 10 to 15 minutes
    To compensate for long hours spent sitting down at work, you could incorporate Foundation Training exercises; powerful simple structural movements that help strengthen and realign your body posture
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Exercise Can Reduce Brain Damage Caused by Drinking Excessive Alcohol
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May 4, 2013 - Issue 2450
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How Iodine Deficiency May Affect Your Child's Brain Function and IQ
    Iodine is used by your thyroid gland to help regulate metabolism and development of both skeleton and brain, among other things. Lack of iodine may severely affect your child’s brain function and IQ
    Iodine deficiency can also cause hypothyroidism, goiter, mental retardation, cretinism, and certain forms of cancer. Thyroid deficiency during pregnancy can lower your child’s IQ by about seven points. Dr. Flechas is adamant that absence of iodine in a cell is what causes cancer, and statistics tend to support this view.
    While US RDA for iodine may be insufficient for optimal health and brain function, recent research also casts doubt on high-dose iodine supplementation, as researchers found a dose-dependent relationship between daily intake of total iodine of 800 mcg or more with onset of hypothyroidism. According to Globalhealingcenter.com, the highest ranked forms of iodine supplement are: 1. Transformative Nano-Colloidal Detoxified Iodine, 2. Nascent Iodine, 3. Lugol’s Solution Iodine and 4. Potassium Iodide
    Three additional factors that play an important role in the development of proper brain function and high IQ in children are: the animal-based omega-3 fat DHA, vitamin D, avoiding fluoride, and optimizing gut flora
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Food Fraud: What Are You Really Eating?
    The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention's (USP) Food Fraud Database contains more than 1,300 records of food fraud published from 1980 to 2010
    A recent update for 2011 and 2012 increased the number by 60 percent, or nearly 800 new records, and includes some foods you may eat everyday, like olive oil, honey, fish and orange juice
    Food fraud, in which foods are intentionally diluted with other ingredients or misrepresented on the label, is common among milk, spices, fruit juice, seafood and oils
    Whole, unprocessed foods – ideally purchased from a local farmer, farmer’s market or food coop – are those that will be best for your health as well as least vulnerable to fraud
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May 5, 2013 - Issue 2451
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Might Electron Deficiency Be an Underlying Factor in Most Chronic Disease?
    Electron deficiency syndrome is a groundbreaking discovery that could be an underlying factor in all chronic disease.
    Industrialization and the introduction of plastics and other synthetic materials have disconnected us from the earth, which has interrupted the natural flow of electrons between the earth and you.
    Electron deficiency has been shown to increase inflammation in your body which is a major risk factor for disease.
    Bringing yourself back into contact with the earth via a process called “Earthing” can help reverse this deficiency, decreasing inflammation and reducing your risk for all of the diseases that are inflammation-based, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, and many others.
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May 6, 2013 - Issue 2452
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Does Cracking Your Knuckles Cause Arthritis?
    According to recent research, knuckle-cracking does not appear to be a risk factor for osteoporosis in that joint
    Osteoarthritis usually occurs in older individuals, but can also be caused by repetitive stress or acute trauma. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, can affect you at any age
    While these are different diseases, many treatments are the same for either of these conditions, including optimizing your: vitamin D, omega-3, and intestinal flora. Other helpful treatments include dietary interventions, sulfur-based foods and/or supplements, astaxanthin, curcumin and low-dose naltrexone
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Foods That Power Up Your Spring
    The foods you eat can make or break your energy levels, which is why overhauling your diet can lead to profound changes in your quality of life.
    Artichokes, spinach, asparagus, walnuts, eggs, wild salmon, berries and garlic are examples of foods that can help you to optimize your physical and mental health.
    Four bonus superfoods – sprouts, fermented vegetables, bone broth and coconut oil – are also discussed
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May 7, 2013 - Issue 2453
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Is There Reason to Worry About New “Most Lethal” Bird Flu Strain?
    Although the World Health Organization says a new strain of bird flu, H7N9, is “one of the most lethal” flu viruses, researchers have found NO evidence of sustained transmission between people, which is a prerequisite for a pandemic flu virus
    Pandemic vaccines are a high-profit, low-risk venture for vaccine makers. They make billions of dollars in revenue while being shielded from liability if the vaccine turns out to be hazardous, like it turned out to be in 2009. They also save money on development, since they can forgo either animal- or human testing—or in an emergency situation, both
    So far, pandemic flu threats have never been, and likely never will be, anywhere near as lethal as predicted. In recent years we've seen a number of hyped flu pandemics that never materialized. What many don’t realize is that the WHO and CDC and related agencies actually need these fake flu emergencies to fine-tune their strategies and test the latest disease surveillance systems. They also need them to justify their own bureaucratic growth and expansion
    A healthy immune system is your best and primary defense against any viral threat. Probiotics, mid-day sunshine and natural foods increase immunity
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EPA Slapped with Lawsuit over Ongoing Bee Deaths
    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to protect bees from neonicotinoid pesticides, according to a lawsuit against the agency, filed by beekeepers and environmental groups
    The lawsuit alleges the EPA has ignored warnings that neonicotinoid pesticides are poisoning bees, and acted outside the law by allowing “conditional registration” of the pesticides
    Neonicotinoid pesticides are a newer class of chemicals that are applied to seeds and taken up through the plant’s vascular system as it grows, where it is expressed in the pollen and nectar, which bees depend on for food
    The EPA acknowledges that “pesticide poisoning” may be one factor leading to colony collapse disorder, and the European Food Safety Authority has singled out risks to bees from neonicotinoids, but the EPA has been slow to act to protect bees from this threat, maybe because it's bribed by the pesticide companies
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May 8, 2013 - Issue 2454
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How to Find the Healthiest Fare in Meat and Produce Aisles
    Research has shown that pesticides and other agricultural chemicals can cause disruptions to your neurological system and your brain. Your best bet is to buy only organic fruits and vegetables, as synthetic agricultural chemicals are not permissible under the USDA organic rules
    For conventional produce, the Environmental Working Group has released its updated annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, detailing the foods that have the highest and lowest amounts of pesticide residues
    Recently published data from tests conducted on supermarket meat samples reveals the presence of several disease-causing bacteria, including the super-hardy antibiotic-resistant versions of salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli on virtually all types of store bought meats
    In a recent analysis of reported food violations spanning 73 countries, China was identified as having the most violations. Excessive pesticide levels were the number one complaint. Chinese seafood was also found to be high in antibiotics and other drugs
    The USDA is expected to reduce the number of inspectors in poultry facilities by 75 percent, instead allowing the companies to put all the poultry through an antimicrobial wash, using chlorine and other chemicals. The agency plans to implement the new rules by September 2014
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Survey Finds Teen Misuse And Abuse Of Prescription Drugs Up 33 Percent Since 2008
    Many teens and their parents believe prescription drugs are “safer” than illegal street drugs, when in reality they are just as deadly – and often more so
    86 percent of teens said their parents had not talked to them about the risks of abusing prescription drugs
    Signs of prescription drug abuse among teens include constricted pupils, sudden weight loss, unusually increased energy levels, changes in sleeping habits and changes in friends or personal appearance
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May 9, 2013 - Issue 2455
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Can Faith in God Help Alleviate Depression?
    A recent study looking at the relationship between faith and effectiveness of treatment for depression found that those whose belief in God was stronger, regardless of the god or religious affiliation (including non-affiliation), were twice as likely to respond well to the treatment and experiencing better outcomes
    Recent research suggests that certain types of depressive thinking can “go viral,” spreading to others living in close proximity. While “hopelessness” was not contagious, “ruminating” was
    Along with a slowly increasing understanding of the role of spiritual faith can have in your physical and mental health, energy psychology is also slowly but surely gaining greater acceptance
    In one study of 100 veterans with severe PTSD, after just six one-hour EFT sessions, 90 percent of the veterans had such a reduction in symptoms that they no longer met the clinical criteria for PTSD
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The Importance of Taking Vacations for Recovery, De-stressing and Reflecting
    Close to one in four Americans receive no paid vacation or holidays, leading to a country known as the “no-vacation nation”
    Vacations are proven to enhance well-being, foster creative thinking, strengthen family relationships and reduce depression
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May 10, 2013 - Issue 2456
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Exercise Could Hold Key to Successful Cancer and Mental Health Treatment
    Modern, unhealthy lifestyles predispose you to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease which may lead to liver cancer. Recent research suggests that regular exercise reduces the risk of developing liver cancer
    Previous research has shown that breast and colon cancer patients who exercise regularly have half the recurrence rate than non-exercisers, and the cumulative evidence strongly indicates that exercise really should be part of standard cancer care
    Many recent studies have shown that exercise provides a level of protection against stress-related disorders and depression, and recent research demonstrates that these protective benefits are induced even if the exercise is forced as a mandatory part of a program, such as doctor’s orders, school curriculum or military service
    Mounting evidence shows that our healthcare and clinical guidelines are based in large part on fraudulent studies that report untruthful results in order to accommodate the interests of corporations. In one review, scientists could NOT replicate 47 of the 53 important published cancer studies
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Do We Have to Cool Down After Exercise?
    Cooling down after exercise does little to reduce muscle pain or improve recovery, but it does help lower your raised heart rate down to resting heart rate safely, and may also help you to simply unwind after an intense workout, easing the transition back to your normal level of activity
    With no negative effects reported, and some potential benefit, even if it is merely psychological, if you enjoy cooling down you should continue, but if not, don’t worry about skipping it
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May 11, 2013 - Issue 2457
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Statin Nation: The Great Cholesterol Lie
    High cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease. It is in fact essential for good health, as it carries out essential functions within your cell membranes, and is critical for proper brain function and production of steroid hormones
    The real cause of heart disease is related to damage inflicted on the inside wall of your arteries, the primary culprit of which is sugar, which causes plaque formation and thickening of the artery wall
    Three additional risk factors for heart disease are your fasting insulin and fasting blood sugar levels, and your iron level
    Cholesterol-reducing drugs (statins) are among the most widely prescribed drugs on the market, and are the number one profit-maker for the pharmaceutical industry, largely due to relentless and highly successful direct-to-consumer advertising campaigns. Yet there are no less than 900 studies proving their adverse effects, which run the gamut from muscle problems to increased cancer risk
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More Evidence Adding Nuts Is a Healthy Choice
    In a new review of 31 trials, those whose diets included extra nuts or nuts substituted for other foods lost about 1.4 extra pounds and half an inch from their waist
    Not only are nuts associated with a reduced risk of weight gain, but they’re also associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and heart disease
    Macadamia nuts (my favorite), walnuts, almonds, pecans and Brazil nuts are among the most healthful nuts; choose organic and raw varieties, and soak them for 8-12 hours before eating to remove phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors
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May 12, 2013 - Issue 2458
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Vitamin D Might Be Able to Slash Your Breast Cancer Risk by 90 Percent
    An optimal vitamin D level is critically important in minimizing your cancer risk; a study of menopausal women showed that maintaining vitamin D serum levels cut overall cancer risk by 77 percent
    GrassrootsHealth founder Carole Baggerly believes 90 percent of ordinary breast cancer is related to vitamin D deficiency; in fact, breast cancer has been described as a “vitamin D deficiency syndrome”
    Vitamin D can stop breast cancer cells from spreading by replenishing E-cadherin, one of the glue-like components giving structure to breast cells
    In addition to being a strong cancer preventative, vitamin D is crucial for pregnant women and their babies, lowering risk for preterm birth, low birth weight, and C-section; 80 percent of pregnant women have inadequate vitamin D levels
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May 13, 2013 - Issue 2459
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The Health Benefits of Mushroom Consumption
    Mushrooms contain some of the most powerful natural medicines on the planet.
    Nine recently presented studies on mushrooms detail a wide variety of health benefits, including: improved weight management, improved nutrition, increased vitamin D levels, and improved immune system function
    It's important to eat ONLY organically grown mushrooms because they absorb and concentrate whatever they grow in. Mushrooms are known to concentrate heavy metals, as well as air and water pollutants, so healthy growing conditions is a critical factor
    Mushrooms that can help boost the nutrient content of your diet include: shiitake, reishi, cordyceps, turkey tail, and Himematsutake
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Boogers May Be Good for You
    Eating your boogers may help introduce pathogens from your environment to your immune system, helping it to learn and build defenses, according to a new theory in support of the hygiene hypothesis
    The hygiene hypothesis posits out that being exposed to viruses and other environmental factors like dirt, germs and parasites helps you build up your immunity naturally
    Asthma, allergies, eczema, heart disease and even depression have been linked to the hygiene hypothesis
    If the hygiene hypothesis is true, and there’s mounting research that it is, trying to keep your environment overly sterile could backfire and actually increase your risk of acute and chronic diseases
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May 14, 2013 - Issue 2460
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Glyphosate GM Soy Herbicide Residue Wrecks Health
    While Monsanto insists that Roundup is safe and “minimally toxic” to humans, new research argues that glyphosate residues on and in food enhance the damaging effects of other food-borne chemical residues and environmental toxins to disrupt normal body functions and induce disease
    Glyphosate inhibits enzymes that catalyze the oxidation of organic substances, which, according to the researchers, is an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. The shikimate pathway is present in both human and mammal’s gut bacteria, which play a massively important and heretofore largely overlooked role in human physiology
    Rather than using in vitro DNA modification, a new breed of genetically engineered wheat is designed to produce double-strand RNA, by which the plant can silence specific genes. Research has shown that molecules created in the plant, intended to silence wheat genes to change its carbohydrate content, can match a large number of human genes and potentially turn them off as well
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Uganda: Immunization -- Parents to Face Arrest
    Ugandan President Museveni issued a warning that parents who choose not to vaccinate their children will be punished severely, and the decision treated as a crime
    In the US, children have been barred from attending public education institutions and adults have been fired from their jobs for choosing to avoid vaccination
    The real issue surrounding vaccine mandates is not one of public health; it’s one of money, power and an assault on your freedom
    You have the right to be fully informed about the benefits and risks of pharmaceutical products – like vaccines – and be allowed to make a fully conscious choice about whether or not you decide to take the risk, without being punished for it – but this right is increasingly under attack in the US and around the globe
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May 15, 2013 - Issue 2461
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Three Serious Toxic Exposures: Traffic, Personal Care and Plastic Products
    Three recent studies confirm that pollution from traffic increases your risk of heart disease, atherosclerosis and heart attack
    Chemicals found in personal care products such as deodorants, lotions and conditioners, are detectable in Chicago’s air at “alarming” levels. The chemicals in question, cyclic siloxanes, are known to be toxic to aquatic life
    A recent analysis found nine toxic metals in 32 lipsticks and lip glosses tested, including: lead, cadmium, chromium and aluminum. According to the researchers, some metals were detected at high enough levels to “raise potential health concerns,” and although no name brands were identified, they advised the public to “treat these results as applicable to all lipsticks”
    Health and environmental groups are launching a national campaign aimed at 10 major retailers, urging them to discontinue the sale of products containing potentially toxic materials and develop a plan to phase out the use of the listed chemicals within the next 12 months
    A typical American comes in regular contact with an untold number of potentially toxic substances on a less frequent basis. Many of them have never been fully tested for safety. To protect your health, it’s important to take steps toward decreasing your chemical exposure
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Ag-Gag Laws: What is Modern Agriculture Trying to Hide?
    By making it illegal to take undercover photos or videos, requiring anyone applying for a job at a CAFO (factory farm) to disclose affiliations with animal rights groups, and other measures, Ag-gag laws are being heavily promoted by lobbyists for the meat, egg and dairy industries to essentially prevent anyone from exposing animal cruelty and food-safety issues at CAFOs.
    Five states have ag-gag laws already in place, and another 10 have introduced their own anti-whistleblower laws this year
    Corporations primarily use the CAFO system because efficiency and profits are valued above all else, even though this frequently violates natural laws and increases the risk to consumers
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May 16, 2013 - Issue 2462
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Middle-Aged Americans Committing Suicide at Unprecedented Rate
    Newly released statistics show that more Americans now commit suicide than die in traffic accidents. The sharpest rise in suicides over the past decade is seen among the middle-aged. The suicide rate for men in their 50’s has risen by 50 percent, to nearly 30 suicides per 100,000; among women between the ages of 60-64 the suicide rate rose by nearly 60 percent
    Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that antidepressants are no more effective than a placebo, and in some cases less effective
    The National Institute of Mental Health has announced it will no longer look to the DSM as the “gold standard” for categorizing mental health problems. In an effort to improve and transform psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, the Institute has launched a new research project that will incorporate genetics, imaging, cognitive science, and other information to lay the foundation for a new classification system
    SPECT imaging can help reveal brain dysfunction caused by head trauma, toxic exposures, and/or a combination of poor lifestyle habits, such as a poor diet and lack of exercise
    Lifestyle strategies that can help you optimize your mental health are included
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Will Technology Someday Eliminate Your Need for Sleep?
    Poor sleep has been linked to a number of health ailments, including short-term memory loss, behavioral problems, weight gain, diabetes and even increased risk of cancer
    New technologies are emerging, promising to decrease our relentless need for sleep without the side effects associated with stimulant drugs. This includes a mask designed to optimize the restorative power of the “power nap,” transcranial stimulation devices to treat insomnia, and transcranial magnetic stimulation, which can literally induce deep sleep at the flip of a switch
    Sound stimulation has also been shown to be effective for prolonging deep sleep and improving memory when sounds were synchronized to the subject’s brain waves
    ZEO is an innovative sleep measurement device that allows you to perform a personalized 'sleep study' at home, and evaluate how various factors affect your sleep
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May 17, 2013 - Issue 2463
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Strength Training and Yoga—Two Valuable Exercise Components for Aging Americans
    Staying active becomes increasingly important as you get older, both for your physical and mental health. Weight-bearing exercise, like resistance or strength training is particularly beneficial, and also has brain-boosting side effects that can help you avoid age-related dementia
    High-intensity interval-type training may also be of particular benefit for aging adults. Once you hit the age of 30, you enter what's called "somatopause," at which point your levels of HGH (human growth hormone) begin to drop off quite dramatically. This decline of HGH is part of what drives your aging process, so maintaining your HGH levels gets increasingly important with age
    Low-impact forms of exercise such as yoga can be an important part of a comprehensive exercise program. Yoga is particularly useful for promoting flexibility, balance, and core muscle strength, and has been proven beneficial if you suffer with back pain.
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Intermittent Fasting Shown to Improve Diabetes and Reduce Cardiovascular Risk
    A new review evaluating intermittent fasting found that overweight or obese individuals with type 2 diabetes who fast on consecutive or alternate days lost more weight while also experiencing enhanced cardiovascular health benefits
    The therapeutic potential of intermittent fasting remained even when total calorie intake per day did not change, or was only slightly reduced
    Other benefits of intermittent fasting include limiting inflammation, reducing blood pressure, improvements in body composition and more
    A typical intermittent fasting strategy is to restrict your daily eating to a specific window of time, such as a six to eight-hour span from around 11am to 7 pm
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May 18, 2013 - Issue 2464
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I'm Not Nuts: Living With Food Allergies Documentary
    The documentary I’m Not Nuts: Living With Food Allergies sheds some light on this rising issue of food allergies through interviews with families that are directly affected.
    Food allergies were a rarity just 40 or 50 years ago, but today an estimated one out of every 13 children has a food allergy -- and the incidence is increasing.
    Food allergies can be difficult to detect in young children who are unable to communicate their symptoms; unexplained crying, diarrhea or rash can be common signs
    There are likely genetic and environmental factors triggering the rise in food allergies; genetic modification, food additives, and abnormal gut flora are some potential culprits discussed
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Americans Cook Less Than Ever But Love Watching It on TV
    Food gathering, preparation, cooking and eating have been central to humankind since the beginning of time, and our recent trend away from these processes has had serious health consequences
    The food you eat can heal your health and give you a long life, provided you’re willing to invest some time in the kitchen
    Forms of food preparation worth embracing include fermenting vegetables or milk, juicing veggies, sprouting seeds, soaking nuts, preparing raw meals as well as some traditional cooking
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May 19, 2013 - Issue 2465
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Composting Alternative to How GMO Plants Harm Food Production and Your Health
    The health of the soil has a profound influence on the nutritional composition of the food crops grown in it, which means soil health has a profound influence on your personal health as well
    Healthy plant growth is dependent on having the right helper organisms in the soil; beneficial species of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, beneficial nematodes, microarthropods, and earthworms, which take the mineral material from the soil and convert it into a plant-available form
    Once you’ve identified the optimal communities of soil organism, you can modify your compost to correct imbalances. A starter culture can be used to boost the fermentation and generation of beneficial bacteria, much in the same way you can boost the probiotics in your fermented vegetables.
    For compost, this strategy is used if you want to compost very rapidly. In that case, you can use a starter to inoculate the specific sets of organisms that you need to encourage in the compost
    Optimizing the soil with high performance agriculture techniques is a simple inexpensive and practical alternative to reliance on bioengineering, GMO crops and reliance on dangerous herbicides
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May 20, 2013 - Issue 2466
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Better Than Wheatgrass: Raw Veggie Juice and Sprouts
    Wheatgrass contains high amounts of chlorophyll, and is thought to have a wide variety of health promoting properties but its benefits are related to the quality of how it is grown. Wheat grass should not be used long term as it is not a food but a highly detoxifying medicinal herb
    Purported health benefits of wheatgrass include increasing red blood-cell count; cleansing your blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract; stimulating metabolism and thyroid function; reducing damaging effects of radiation, and more
    It is important to be cautious when using wheatgrass and to start slowly to avoid becoming nauseous and stimulating a healing crisis
    Sunflower seed sprouts and pea sprouts or other sprouts are actually foods, which are highly nutritious and can be consumed on a regular basis. They can have up to 30 times the nutrition of even locally grown organic vegetables
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Vitamin E May Alleviate Symptoms of Liver Disease Brought on by Obesity
    Vitamin E may help relieve the majority of symptoms associated with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a common obesity-related fatty liver disease
    With no known treatment – and often no symptoms until serious damage has occurred – NASH can lead to liver cirrhosis and liver failure; the time to intervene is before permanent liver damage has a chance to occur
    Researchers also revealed that the improvements in blood vessel function that occur when a smoker quits smoking may be boosted by taking a vitamin E supplement
    The average American diet supplies considerably less vitamin E than is recommended; if you choose to supplement, avoid synthetic versions labeled as “dl-alpha-tocopherol”
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May 21, 2013 - Issue 2467
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Farmer Faces Jail Time Over Raw Dairy Sales
    The trial of Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger recently began at the Sauk County Courthouse. Hershberger’s farm was targeted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection for supplying a private buying club with raw milk and other fresh produce.
    Hershberger is charged with four criminal misdemeanors that could result in a jail sentence of up to 30 months
    Criminal trials centering around raw milk are scheduled to take place in both Minnesota and Wisconsin this year
    CDC data shows there are about 412 confirmed cases of people getting ill from pasteurized milk each year, while only about 116 illnesses a year are linked to raw milk. Research by Dr. Ted Beals shows that you are about 35,000 times more likely to get sick from other foods than you are from raw milk
    If the FDA and state agencies are allowed to impose their view of “safe food” on consumers, raw milk won’t be the only thing lost—all food will be pasteurized, irradiated, and genetically engineered. The effort to reclaim our right to buy and consume raw milk is leading the way for everyone who wants to be able to obtain the food of their choice from the source of their choice
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More Younger Women Getting Breast Cancer
    A record number of women under the age of 50 are being diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK, where one out of every five women diagnosed with breast cancer is now younger than 50
    A JAMA study similarly found that the number of young women (aged 25-39) in the US being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer is also increasing
    Environmental factors, including exposure to synthetic hormones in birth control pills, personal care products and food, are likely fueling the increase
    The majority of US breast cancer cases could be prevented if people made wiser lifestyle choices, such as eating healthier, avoiding environmental poisons, exercising and optimizing vitamin D levels as via midday half-hour sun exposure without sunscreen
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May 22, 2013 - Issue 2468
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Women Beware: Most Feminine Hygiene Products Contain Toxic Ingredients
    When chemicals come in contact with your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs
    Feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary pads are an oft-ignored source of a variety of potentially toxic ingredients, including genetically modified organisms and pesticides
    Manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads are not required to disclose the ingredients used in their products
    One conventional sanitary pad contains the equivalent of about four plastic bags
    A number of plasticizing chemicals have been linked to endocrine disruption and disease processes associated with heart disease and cancer. Conventional tampons and pads may also contain dioxins, synthetic fibers and petrochemical additives
    Tampons can react with bacteria in your body to create the ideal environment for bacteria to flourish, triggering potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome (TSS)
    We recommend the following brands of tampons and sanitary pads: Natracare; Diva Cup; Seventh Generation Chlorine Free Organic Cotton Tampons; Glad Rags Organic Pads; Organyc 100% Organic Cotton Tampons. Also see http://shop.mercola.com/catalog/personal-care,62,0.htm
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Bayer, Pfizer Making False Claims About Their Top-Selling Multivitamins
    The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) alleges that claims made on the labels of Pfizer’s Centrum multivitamin products were deceptive
    Following a threatened lawsuit, Pfizer agreed to drop certain claims related to “breast health” and “colon health” from the labels of its Centrum multivitamins
    CSPI has also notified Bayer, maker of One A Day multivitamins, that they will file a lawsuit against them for violating state consumer protection laws if certain deceptive claims are not removed from One A Day marketing materials
    The supplement industry represents the drug industry's greatest competition, and drug makers are increasingly buying up supplement makers to increase their profits; if you choose to take supplements, knowing who’s behind the brands you trust, and whether or not their products can truly benefit your health, is essential
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May 23, 2013 - Issue 2469
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/05/23.aspx
How to Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces
    Anyone, regardless of space allowance, can produce their own food. Sprouts are one ideal option. A powerhouse of nutrition, sprouts can contain up to 30 times the nutrition of organic vegetables grown in your own garden, and allow your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat
    In areas where the growing season is short, growing seedlings indoors will allow you to harvest your vegetables four to six weeks earlier than had you planted the seeds directly outdoors
    You can use virtually every square foot of your space, including your lateral space. Hanging baskets are ideal for a wide variety of foods, such as strawberries, leafy greens, runner beans, pea shoots, tomatoes, and a variety of herbs. And instead of flowers, window boxes can hold herbs, greens, radishes, scallions, bush beans, strawberries, chard, and chilis. See link above for more details
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Owning a Dog Is Linked to Reduced Heart Risk
    Having a pet, particularly a dog, may reduce your risk of heart disease
    People with dogs engaged in more walking and more physical activity, and were 54 percent more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity
    Pet ownership is probably associated with a reduction in heart disease risk factors and increased survival among patients
    Pets can have a positive effect on your body’s reaction to stress, including a decrease in heart rate, blood pressure and adrenaline-like hormone release when a pet is present
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May 24, 2013 - Issue 2470
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/05/24.aspx
The Scientific 7-Minute Workout
    Exercise is a key factor of optimal health; it's particularly important for controlling your blood sugar and normalizing your insulin levels. When done correctly, exercise can oftentimes act as a substitute for some of the most common drugs used today for things like diabetes, heart disease and depression
    Compelling and ever-mounting research shows that the ideal form of exercise is short bursts of high intensity exercise
    Not only does it beat conventional cardio as the most effective and efficient form of exercise, Peak Fitness exercises also provide health benefits you simply cannot get from regular aerobics, such as a tremendous boost in human growth hormone (HGH), aka the “fitness hormone”
    A recent article by the Human Performance Institute shows how you can fulfill the requirements for a high intensity exercise using nothing more than your own body weight, a chair, and a wall: see
1. Do fast jumping jacks for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
2. Do slow pushups for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
3. Do fast abdominal crunches for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
4. Step onto & off of chair several times for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
5. Do fast squats for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
6. Do fast upside-down pushups with hands on chair for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
7. Do the plank for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
8. Run in place with high knee bending for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
9. Do lunges almost kneeling on one knee at a time for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
10. Do pushups with rotations to each side for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
11. Do the side plank on one elbow for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
12. Do the side plank on the other elbow for 10 seconds; sit & rest 10 seconds;
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Dangerous Way to Relieve Back Pain Symptoms
    Taking antibiotics may relieve symptoms of low back pain, when due to bacterial infection
    With antibiotic-resistant diseases already on the rise, and serious side effects linked to unnecessary antibiotic use, using antibiotics for back pain could have serious repercussions
    Poor posture and/or improper movement is to blame for most cases of back pain
    One of the best steps you can take to prevent and manage back pain is to address improper posture and sitting, exercise regularly and keep your back and abdominal muscles strong
    A better natural antibiotic is garlic or MMS mixed with a few drops of DMSO rubbed on the pain area. DMSO is available from health food stores and online
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May 25, 2013 - Issue 2471
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/05/25.aspx
The Great Plow-Up: Desertification
    In the 1930s, farmers rapidly plowed-up the grasslands of the southern Plains and planted wheat in its place
    With millions of acres of plowed fields and a chronic drought, winds picked up the soil creating thick clouds of dust called “black blizzards,” which covered the region in an unprecedented years-long “storm”
    The Dust Bowl film chronicles the events of this manmade disaster, including interviews with 26 survivors who describe in vivid detail how the dust-filled winds could easily blister your face and carried with them an indescribable feeling of evil
    As we once again struggle with droughts and the laws of nature continue to be manipulated by poor farming practices, we could once again be brewing a dust storm of epic proportions … or another manmade ecological disaster that has never before been seen
    The dust clouds themselves weren’t the only hurdles faced by those living in the Dust Bowl. Static electricity also became a major problem in the region, such that “blue flames leapt from barbed wire fences and well-wishers shaking hands could generate a spark so powerful it could knock them to the ground.” People driving through the region had to resort to dragging chains from their cars so the static electricity wouldn’t short out their engines.
    The ecological disruption, meanwhile, impacted other species as well, unleashing plagues of jackrabbits and grasshoppers across the Plains.
    A drought in the 1950s once again brought back dust storms to the region, but the damage was minimized by farmers using conservation techniques, as well as 4 million acres of government-owned land that had been restored to grasslands.
   To see how livestock grazing on land reverses desertification and heals the land, see http://youtube.com/watch?v=vpTHi7O66pI
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Does a Pepper a Day Keep Parkinson’s Away?
    Eating peppers – but not other vegetables in the Solanaceae family -- was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of Parkinson’s disease in a new study
    The association was strongest among those who had never smoked, and it’s thought the nicotine naturally found in the peppers may have a neuroprotective benefit
    Although Parkinson’s disease is said to have no known cause, eating a varied whole-foods diet that includes healthful veggies like peppers appears to be one simple way to lower your risk
    Avoiding exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, industrial solvents and mercury is also important in avoiding Parkinson’s
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May 26, 2013 - Issue 2472
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/05/26.aspx
Are America’s Nutrition Professionals in the Pocket of Big Food Companies?
    A recent report by a public health lawyer exposes the deep conflicts of interest between the processed food industry and the trade organization for food- and nutrition professionals
    Virtually all of the major junk food purveyors buy sponsorships to be at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual trade meetings. Besides showcasing their food products in the largest booths on the expo floor, they’re also allowed to hold educational sessions, teaching dietitians about everything from the virtues of aspartame to the appropriate place of sugar in a child’s diet
    Food companies are equally as powerful and pervasive as the pharmaceutical industry, and perhaps even more pernicious in their influence on people’s health because more often than not it’s your food choices that produce disease
    A group of concerned registered dieticians have formed a more formal organization called Dietitians for Professional Integrity, aimed at pushing for more transparency and independence from [corporate] industry
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May 27, 2013 - Issue 2473
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/05/27.aspx
Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer and Radical Mastectomy—Women Being Misled into a False Sense of Security
    Angelina Jolie recently publicized her [stupid] decision to undergo a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer, as she carries a hereditary gene mutation associated with breast and ovarian cancer [Surgery carries far more risks than genes do!]
    Only about two percent of diagnosed breast cancers are caused by breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA) defects
    Nearly the entire human genome is covered by patents. This has created monopolies that hinder genetic research progress and makes gene-related medicine unnecessarily expensive
    It’s important to understand that while you may carry a defective gene, it does not mean that the genetic trait is destined to be expressed. There are many alternatives to dramatically decrease your cancer risk through the lifestyle choices you make
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Never Go Shopping on an Empty Stomach
    Researchers have proven that shopping while hungry influences what you buy, making it more likely that you’ll choose higher-calorie foods
    Shopping when you’re hungry may, in fact, make it more difficult for you to avoid all the junk-food choices lining the shelves, so have a healthful snack before you go [or while shopping] to help you resist temptations
    Supermarkets have many psychological traps inside, which are designed to influence your food choices toward higher-revenue (i.e. junk food) products
    Using a grocery list, shopping with a basket instead of a cart, leaving your kids at home and shopping the store’s perimeter are tips to help you avoid unhealthful food purchases
    You can also ditch the grocery store and shop for your food at farmer’s markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs and food co-ops instead
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May 28, 2013 - Issue 2474
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/05/28.aspx
Desperate Times for Vaccine Risk Denialism
    Public access to vaccine risk information is being increasingly restricted, and vaccine injuries and deaths are covered up
    Those denying vaccine risks are running out of excuses, as the health risks of excessive vaccinations are becoming more and more self-evident
    Legislation backed by [crooked] public health officials and Pharma-funded medical trade groups have been introduced with the goal to remove vaccine exemptions [i.e. remove freedom of choice]
    Doctors have more power to force vaccine use on children and adults
    Autism rates have risen dramatically as the number of childhood vaccines has increased. In 1986, autism affected 1 in 2,000. By 1992 it was 1 in 500; in 2004 it had risen to 1 in 150, and according to recently released statistics the autism rate is now 1 in 50 American children. [So, thanks to vaccines etc, there are now forty times more kids suffering from autism than in 1986 when there were much fewer forced vaccinations and other toxins.]
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Former Pro-GMO Scientist Speaks Out on the Real Dangers of Genetically Engineered Food
    A former research scientist, Thierry Vrain, who once touted the benefits of GM crops now acknowledges the steady flow of research showing that there is significant reason for concern – and he has now reversed his position
    Federal departments in charge of food safety in the US and Canada have not conducted tests to affirm the alleged safety of GM crops
    The whole paradigm of the genetic engineering technology is based on a misunderstanding, as it operates on the 70-year-old “one gene, one protein” hypothesis, which has since been proven false
    Scientific evidence shows that many of the industry claims that GM crops yield better and more nutritious food, save on the use of pesticides, have no environmental impact whatsoever and are perfectly safe to eat are lies
    At present, the only way to avoid GM foods is to ditch processed foods from your grocery list, and revert back to whole foods grown according to organic standards or grown by non-genetically-modified-food growers
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May 29, 2013 - Issue 2475
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/05/29.aspx
Front Groups Exposed—50 Industry Groups Form a New Alliance to Manipulate Public Opinion About Junk Food, GMOs, and Harmful Additives
    The United Nations established the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 1962. Usually referred to as “Codex,” it consists of approximately 170 member countries that set food guidelines and standards for the world.
    Over the years, Codex has been embroiled in controversy for a number of reasons, but now our investigations show that Monsanto―one of the world’s largest producers of genetically-modified seeds―is behind a significant number of front groups that control Codex policy.
    Most recently, more than 50 industry trade groups formed a new alliance called Alliance to Feed the Future. These groups represent multi-national food, biotech, and chemical companies that generate hundreds of billions of dollars-worth of revenue each year
    Alliance to Feed the Future claims its purpose is to "balance the public dialogue” on modern agriculture and large-scale food production and technology. Or, in other words, they aim to become the go-to source for [industry favorable] information about the junk being sold as “food”
    The Kellen Company is instrumental in creating and managing front groups for the processed food and chemical industries. These front groups are specifically created to mislead you about the product in question, protect industry profits, and influence regulatory agencies
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9 Dodgy Food Practices Banned in Europe but Just Fine Here
    Thanks to a largely industry-beholden government and regulatory system, Americans are not being afforded many of the same food protections given to Europeans
    Examples of chemicals and drugs allowed in US foods and agriculture but banned in Europe include the endocrine-disrupting weed killer Atrazine, arsenic in chicken feed, antibiotics as agricultural growth promoters and chlorine washes for poultry carcasses
    The US also embraces water fluoridation and genetically modified (GM) foods, two practices that are much less accepted, and in some cases banned, in Europe
    If you want to avoid these questionable ingredients, additives and unethical practices and you live in the US, ditching processed foods entirely is the best option
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May 30, 2013 - Issue 2476
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/05/30.aspx
What You Can Learn About Your Health by Analyzing the Color and Smell of Your Urine
    Urine has been an important diagnostic tool for 6,000 years. You can learn a great deal about your overall health by examining your urine and noting its color, odor, and consistency
    Almost clear, slightly yellowish or gold colored urine is good
    White or too clear urine urine may indicate too much water
    Orange, amber, or brown urine often indicate need for more water
    Red, pink, cloudy, or sedimenty urine may indicate urinary tract infection or stones etc
    Some foods may also produce various colors
    Foamy urine may indicate hypertension or diabetes
    Frequency of urination is also important; increased urination may suggest infection, overactive bladder, diabetes, or a number of other concerns
    Suggestions are provided on how much water to consume daily; the common “eight glasses per day” recommendation is overgeneralized, and you should instead pay attention to your body’s own individual cues. Drink enough water to keep your urine fairly clear, not colored
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Retirement Could Be Bad for Mental Health
    A new report showed that following an initial boost in health, retirement increases your risk of depression by 40 percent while raising your chances of being diagnosed with a physical condition by 60 percent
    Two of the biggest hurdles to health and happiness facing the elderly are social isolation and inactivity, both of which often increase after retirement
    Making a point to stay active, involved and to pursue your interests may help make your retirement a happy and healthy one: many people are now embracing their older years as some of the most fulfilling of their lives, and you can, too
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May 31, 2013 - Issue 2477
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/newsletter-archive/2013/05/31.aspx
Study Shows Exercise as Effective as Massage for Decreasing Post-Exertion Muscle Soreness
    Exercise is effective as massage in relieving the delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that often occurs a day or two after strenuous exercise
    It is a myth that muscle soreness is caused by a buildup of lactic acid; the real cause is inflammation stemming from microscopic tears in your muscle fibers, or more specifically, microtears between your muscles and their surrounding tissues, a necessary part of the muscle strengthening and rebuilding process
    A balanced, healthful diet is the most important step you can take to give your body the building blocks it needs for strong, resilient tissues and minimal inflammation; consuming adequate high-quality amino acid foods, omega-3 foods, and sulfur foods will help minimize exercise-induced aches and pains
    Avoid commercial analgesics such as ibuprofen and aspirin, because they are not very helpful and come with some potentially serious side effects; natural treatments are safer and more effective
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Intense But Short Exercise Is All You Need to Boost Calorie Burning
    Recent research demonstrates that high intensity interval training burns more calories in less time. Just five 30-second sprint intervals at maximum exertion, each followed by four minutes of light pedaling to recuperate, can burn as much as 220 calories
    Anaerobic exercises [not running, walking etc] also increase insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, and promote production of human growth hormone—all of which are critical components of optimal health.
    If you’re ready to take your fitness routine to the next level, you may want to consider skipping breakfast and work out on an empty stomach [before eating]. This is a form of intermittent fasting that can greatly contribute to improved weight loss, as it shifts your body into fat burning mode
    The combination of high intensity interval training, avoiding grain carbs and sugars, especially fructose, and exercising in a fasted state, can help you become increasingly fit in the preferred metabolic state of the human body